This wasp was discovered in amber collected from the Dominican Republic in 1959, then set aside and rediscovered in 2011. [Read the full story.]
Two flies trapped in sticky tree resin as they mated millions of years ago.
The head of a pygmy locust rests near a flower bud in amber.
A new species of pygmy locust named for British naturalist Sir David Attenborough, Electrotettix attenboroughi.
Larvae of an unknown species in the Illinois Natural History Survey's amber collection.
Biting midges are tiny, blood-sucking flies that are rarely found as fossils but are perfectly preserved in amber.
A gall midge entombed in amber.
Hairs from an unknown mammal species.
Azteca ants are a tropical species that live in trees.
A beetle found in amber from the Dominican Republic.
The delicate limbs and wings of a fungus gnat were preserved for 20 million years in amber.
Becky Oskin, Contributing Writer
Becky Oskin covers Earth science, climate change and space, as well as general science topics. Becky was a science reporter at Live Science and The Pasadena Star-News; she has freelanced for New Scientist and the American Institute of Physics. She earned a master's degree in geology from Caltech, a bachelor's degree from Washington State University, and a graduate certificate in science writing from the University of California, Santa Cruz.